Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have a Direct Transfer (DTA) degree or a degree in something else?

Your previous degree can certainly help to meet many of the general education requirements listed in the prerequisites and co-requisite requirements for the Healthcare Informatics program; however it will likely not include enough technical coursework in IT or healthcare that is required for admission. You would still need to complete at least 30 credits of technical coursework in an IT-related or healthcare-related program to be eligible for the program. Review our Prerequisites here.

What types of classes count as technical coursework in IT or healthcare?

Here is a list of recommended IT/healthcare courses that the program accepts from Bellevue College. Generally courses that possess a course abbreviation from a healthcare or IT department such as NURS (Nursing) or IT (Information Technology) will be accepted. For questions about courses at BC that are not listed or coursework from another school, contact us.

Can I take courses without being admitted to the program?

Yes, students who have not been admitted to the program can register for up to 10 credits of 300- level coursework on a space-available basis, if they have appropriate prerequisites. To request permission to enroll in an HCI course, please submit an entry code request here.

I do not live in Washington State. Can I still take these courses?

It depends on which state you live in. Refer to our Online Education section for details.

Can I reapply next year if I am not accepted into the program?

Yes. You will receive a letter advising you of additional courses you need to take or other ways to strengthen your application for the next time you apply.

What if I have relevant experience that I think is equivalent to some courses?

For certain courses, you may be able to earn non-traditional credit for prior learning or work experiences. Credit could be awarded through successful completion of a challenge exam, evaluation of certification/training or by approval of a submitted portfolio or other items that prove you have met course learning outcomes. Please refer to additional information on BC’s policies and procedures regarding non-traditional credit . You can also contact the HCI program manager to discuss available options.

Is there a required sequence of courses I should take?

Yes. You will be able to build on your body of knowledge if certain courses are taken before others. Your sequence of courses will vary depending on whether you attend full-time or part-time, and on your previous education. The HCI program advisor will help you develop a program of study to gain the most benefit from each course.

How long will it take me to finish?

After admission, the BAS degree core courses totals 93-94 credits which can be completed in as few as 7 quarters of mostly full-time attendance (typically three courses each quarter). For students who still need to complete lower-division coursework, it is closer to 11 quarters. The Healthcare Informatics Certificate can be completed in as few as 4 quarters and the Healthcare Data Analytics in as little as 3. Individual pacing is possible, but students should plan on taking at least one course each quarter so that the material remains current and relevant.

Is the program accredited?

Yes! Bellevue College is accredited as a baccalaureate degree-granting institution by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. NWCCU accreditation was most recently reaffirmed in 2012.The next opportunity for reaffirmation will occur Spring 2019 when a Seven Year comprehensive visit is scheduled.

Where can I find out more about the program?

Join us at an upcoming information session or contact us to schedule an appointment.

Last Updated March 7, 2019